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Sudan served as a hub for receiving Al-Qaeda suspects nabbed by CIA: report

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February 5, 2013 (WASHINGTON) – The CIA transferred five individuals suspected of having links to Al-Qaeda from Malawi to Sudan in 2003, according to a report released on Tuesday.

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A new report reveals Sudan provided assistance to the CIA following the 9/11 attacks (CIA)

The revealing report titled ‘Globalizing Torture’, issued by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), provides a detailed account of assistance provided by more than 50 countries around the world to the United States in the wake of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

The help included permitting the CIA to run secret interrogation prisons on their soil, as well as allowing the agency to use their airports for refuelling while moving prisoners around the world.

Fahad al Bahli (Saudi Arabia), Arif Ulusam and Ibrahim Habaci (Turkey), Khalifa Abdi Hassan (Kenya) and Mahmud Sardar Issa (Sudan) were taken into custody in Malawi in a joint operation involving the CIA and Malawi’s National Intelligence Bureau.

Two days later they were secretly flown to Zimbabwe where they were held for almost a month.

The five men were later flown to Sudan where they were released after it was established that there was no evidence linking them to Al-Qaeda, the 211-page report said.

It is not clear where and for how long they were held in Sudan and whether Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) was involved in their interrogation.

OSJI referenced a 2006 report by Amnesty International (AI) which mentioned that flights N313P-N4476S, associated with CIA extraordinary rendition operations stopped over twice in Dubrovnik airport in Croatia, including one coming from Sudan.

Dubrovnik airport manager Tonci Peovic confirmed to AI in April 2006 that “the airport’s log book contains entries on a plane with registration number N4476S from Khartoum in Sudan landing in Dubrovnik on 23 April 2005 and leaving for the United States on 25 April 2005”.

In 2010, a German newspaper claimed that the US had secret prisons in more than 66 nations - including Sudan - used to house terror suspects. This was vehemently denied by Khartoum at the time.

The intelligence cooperation between the US and Sudan was publicly exposed in 2005 when the Los Angeles Times disclosed that the CIA sent a jet in April 2005 to Khartoum to ferry former NISS chief Salah Gosh into Washington for meetings.

The same newspaper revealed in 2007 that Sudan has secretly worked with the CIA to spy on the insurgency in Iraq despite the strained relations with Washington over the Darfur crisis.

In the same year, Gosh was quoted as saying in an interview that cooperation with the CIA “helped avert devastating measures [by the US administration] against Sudan”.

However, a US official familiar with intelligence cooperation with Sudan suggested that reports on the matter have been exaggerated.

“It is true that there was a period of time, as in 2002, 2003 and 2004, when intelligence cooperation with NISS went up but that has to be put in context ... It is relative as it [counterterrorism ties] went from nothing to something,” the official told Sudan Tribune last month.

He said that the US intelligence cooperation with Sudan is nowhere near the one that exists with Jordan, for example.

Ironically Sudan has been on the US blacklist of states sponsoring terrorism since 1993 over allegations it harboured Islamist militants.

Sudan has also been subject to comprehensive economic sanctions since 1997 over terrorism charges as well as human right abuses. Further sanctions, particularly on weapons, were imposed in 2003 following the outbreak of violence in the western Darfur region.

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  • 5 February 2013 08:22, by Jalaby

    This report is useless and talks about history only!!
    Yes, Sudan was hosting Bin Ladin himself before but that has become part of history!
    Actually, Sudan is fighting Al-Qaeda now and Al-Dindir recent issue is good example!
    CIA officers were roaming the whole Sudan before during Salah Gosh time and know every things!

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    • 5 February 2013 08:28, by Chol

      It’s easier to say no, we are not supporting Al-Qaeda, when all the evidences show otherwise!

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      • 5 February 2013 08:35, by Chol

        Just because you got away harboring Bin laden in the 1990s doesn’t mean you can still get away with murder this time! The reason why other Muslim countries distance themselves from Al-Qaeda does not mean they are unpatriotic Muslims; they do that because they know the danger!

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      • 5 February 2013 08:59, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        America are telling history now after so many bad things took place and it is continuing still, please act now than talking alot,that is why I do support Republican for their quick action on Sudan then Democrat party.
        Sudan need serious punishment than talking,death Arabs are friends but the living one are enemy.
        OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 5 February 2013 08:56, by South South

      USA should bomb this wicked country called Sudan. What happened to Iraq should happends to this fake Arabs, their time is coming up soon.

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    • 5 February 2013 09:04, by jwok

      Jalaby
      All the people in world knew that Sudan was hosting Bin Ladin and LRA leaders group, we don’t need you to revisit that because we knew it,
      But I just wondering what do you mean by saying Sudan is fighting Al-Qaeda now ,
      The entire world knew that Sudan is Al-Qaeda .
      Unless if it’s fighting himself .

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      • 5 February 2013 11:04, by Paul Ongee

        Even if CIA was able to use Sudan as a hub for receiving Al-Qaeda suspects, was CIA able to distinguish between the genuine/fake Al-Qaeda? Sudan was only interested in getting its name removed from the list of states sponsoring terrorism by revealing fake Al-Qaeda suspects who have brief history of providing support to Al-Qaeda. Sudan “will never” surrender real suspects to a Christian CIA.

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    • 5 February 2013 13:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Jalaby
      my dream is fault
      Salah Gosh was not only member who activit for Al-Qaeda network in khartoum, there are number of people who still supporting terrorism in the country like Ali Osaman ,Ahamed Aruun and the rest of people.

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    • 5 February 2013 15:15, by Dinkawarrior

      Not only receiving Al-Qaeda but also recieving Iranian Airforce and their Navy who are suppling Al-Qaeda group WMD in Africa to terrorizing Westterners. Fore example, Libya, Mali, and many African countries. The only solution for the U.S is to bomb Sudan as a part of punishement by hosting terrorists.

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      • 5 February 2013 15:18, by Dinkawarrior

        Group with WMD in Africa to terrorizing Westerners.

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  • 5 February 2013 13:43, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The CIA reported on sudan network to Al-Qaeda is not dodge which world will deny such activity.

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  • 6 February 2013 01:11, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

    This is North Sudan habit, they are very much addicted to it as it is being supported by their culture. They will come to their knees if insist on harming world.

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